At length: Josephine--name chosen in honor of Napoleon's wife--has only one constant member, me, Dresden Craig. I started playing guitar when I was 12, and started writing not long after that. Now 19, I have written dozens of songs (most of them crap), played in at least half a dozen cities (most in the tri-state area), for dozens upon dozens of people (most of them college students), to countless widely varying reactions. Of all my oh-so-numerous experiences and undertakings, nothing makes me happier than playing music.
My earliest influences were '90s "alternative rock" bands, most notably the Smashing Pumpkins, with whom I developed an unhealthy obsession that persists (though now dilluted) to this day. Since then, my tastes have expanded (more like exploded) to include folk, country, glam, prog rock, punk, new wave, blues, and many genres besides & between. The songwriters I've come to admire most--Rufus Wainwright, Gillian Welch, Liz Phair, Elliott Smith, Jay Clifford (of southeast-based Jump, Little Children)--are all unself-consciously unconventional, earnest, intelligent, and in love, with life and beauty and music and the power and complexities thereof. I can only hope to offer something as unique and meaningful as they do.
Though I usually play solo, my friends are occasionally kind enough to lend their talents on harmonica, accordion, and additional vocals. I've only played with a full band once, but I'm looking to form one of my own, since I want to add so much more to my music than guitar and vocals. I am only beginning to discover my musical voice as a songwriter, but I work on myself constantly, and I can't wait to see where it takes me.
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